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Barrie’s Garden Club April 2013

Open Meeting Tuesday, April 02/13

Southshore Community Centre 7:15 pm

If you enjoyed her at last year’s spring seminar, here’s your chance to listen to her again.

Yvonne Tremblay will be presenting on ‘Cooking with Herbs’. Recipes from her cookbook will be available for tasting on the treats table. Cookbooks will also be available for sale.
Out and About – Other Events & Venues

BGC Eleventh Annual Gardening Seminar

Saturday, 06 April 2013

Venue is the Tangle Creek Golf Course.

Three inspirational guest speakers include:

Aaron Fox on ‘Innovations in Garden Design’

Jim Lounsbery on ‘Little Known Gems for the Landscape’

Karen Vermeer on ‘Container Gardening with Flair’

Tickets are $45.00 members & $50.00 non-members. Admission includes lunch & break time refreshments. Only beverages available prior

to the start of sessions.

There will be a fabulous selection of silent

auction items for you to bid on.

To register, contact e-mail Holly Wells at or call 705 735-3198.

Oro-Medonte Hort Society meeting

Monday, 08 April at 7:30 pm features Katie Dawson speaking on ‘Annuals – Tried, True & New
12th Annual Peterborough Garden Show – Apr 12th to 14th. More than 125 vendors,

Celebrity Flower, Arranging Contest, Children’s Garden, Paul Zammit, Beckie Fox, & much more...

Located in the Evinrude Centre at 911 Monaghan Road. Adult admission: $6.00/day

For more information, check out the website:
BGC Plant Sale

The Club is planning to sponsor a plant sale

this spring on Saturday, 25 May 2013.

To increase visibility of the event, together with

raising the profile of the Club, the sale will be held

in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market in downtown Barrie. If you do not have enough plants to ‘go it alone’, considering partnering with another Club member in a similar situation. If you don’t wish to be in attendance, the Club will sell your plants for you, but will keep the proceeds – consider it a donation to a good cause!!.

Further details will be coming in the next newsletter.

Remember, if you plan to participate, get your divisions potted up 2 - 3 weeks in advance of the sale, so they look their best (& thus command better prices!!)

Going Potty

The impatient gardeners in all of us know it will be another 4 – 6 weeks before we can get a spade in the soil. What’s the interim solution to our ‘gotta getting going now’ conundrum?

Why containers – of course!

They are the ideal way to bring a much needed shot

of colour into our homes & lives . Containers are ideal for smaller gardens, condo or apartment dwellers or

for folks that are less limber than they used to be.

The variety in containers has exploded in recent years.

The selection is staggering, thus the trick is to match budget, with selection, keeping in mind site & purpose of the planter. Or, recycle & re-purpose. Almost anything can be turned into a planter as long as drainage holes are provided. Always ensure the soil you use is formulated for containers. Ordinary garden soil is too heavy & doesn’t promote the air/oxygen exchange plant roots need for nutrient uptake essential for healthy growth. Regular fertilizing with a balanced feed is also essential – if the plants don’t get it from you – they don’t get it at all!

Grow veggies in a pot. Try a pond in a pot.

All the spring gardening magazines have inspirational photos on plant combinations. Pick one – try something different. Experiment with a plant or a colour range you haven’t tried before. Steal a neighbour’s idea!!

Little Furry Pests

You’ve seen the damage in your yard, but aren’t sure just exactly which critter is responsible. Following is your ‘Ident - a – Kit’ for yard & garden nuisances.

The Mole is 6 - 8 inches long, with smooth, dark brown to black fur. It has a protruding pink snout & outward facing, stubby claws. Moles are insectivores. Their prey includes earthworms, slugs, grubs & other underground insects. Moles live alone or in pairs underground. In spring & early summer, you’ll see

their raised tunnels throughout your garden & lawns. They also create mounds of excavated dirt. In summer & fall, their tunnels are deeper, so the damage they create is less noticeable.

The Vole is 4 – 6 inches long, with light to dark brown or grey fur. They have small ears, short tail & an elongated snout. Voles are herbivores & they eat roots, bulbs, tree bark, tubers, anything vegetative. In early spring, after snowmelt, their well-worn travelling paths are present on top of the lawn & soil. Voles live in colonies in under ground burrows assessed via small quarter sized entrances. They are active year round, day & night.

Coping Strategies: The damage caused by moles is mostly aesthetic. Just let them be. Press down their tunnels & over seed with grass. Voles can be trapped with mousetraps baited with peanut butter which have been placed across their travel paths. Repellents made from liquid or granular castor oil may deter them from your property as they dislike the taste/odour of the oil.
Easter – the Moveable Feast

We all know Easter comes every year, just not

at the same time every year. Its arrival can

vary by as much as a month. So, how is the date

determined? Well, as my dear old Dad was fond

of saying, ‘Easter falls on the first Sunday, after the full moon, after the Spring Equinox.’ Simple.

Spring Equinox is March 20st, full moon falls on March 27th, therefore, Easter is Sunday, March 31st.

So, in keeping with the seasonal theme, I’ve included a bit of trivia about the Easter flowers.

  1. The Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla) is named for its early blooming – ‘pasque’ being related to the name for Easter in several of the Romance languages. Manitoba’s floral emblem, the prairie crocus is in fact a Pulsatilla. But members of this species do not make good cut flowers.

  2. Pussy willows hold Easter significance in Northern countries, where they are used in

place of palm fronds on Palm Sunday.

  1. Passionflower vine (Passiflora) is not native to Europe. After arriving in 15th century Spain, it was quickly adopted as a Christian emblem. The pointy leaves represent the spear that wounded Jesus, the 3 black stigmata represent the nails, the 5 anthers represent the wounds, the 10 petals stand for the 10 faithful apostles – Judus who betrayed & Peter who denied are excluded.

  2. Daffodils were revered by the Druids as a symbol of purity. There is a legend that the daffodil (Narcissus) first appeared at Gethsemane during the Last Supper.

  3. The Madonna lily (Lilium candidum), native to

the Balkans, has the longest association with Christian traditions. In Medieval paintings, the Virgin Mary was often depicted holding them.

  1. White calla lilies (Zantedeschia) are often called Easter lilies, especially by Irish republicans. The flower has become a symbol of remembrance for those who died in the Easter Rising of 1916.

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